Candidate gets stiff penalty for infraction
By Marshall Bellamy
The University Students’ Council elections committee
has come to a decision on presidential candidate Kathy Robineau’s
unintentional infraction of the election bylaws when she solicited
visitors to her website for their student numbers.
“She was given a 20 point fine,” said USC chief
returning officer James Guttman, leaving Robineau with 10 more
points before she gets disqualified from the presidential race.
According to Guttman, the bylaws classify Robineau’s
offence as a disqualifiable one. “We looked at the entire
situation and we determined that 20 points was an appropriate
number to give.”
Guttman would not specifically comment on whether the decision
was based on Robineau’s lack of intention in making the
offence or his inability to recognize the infraction when he
reviewed and approved the website.
“I think intent had a lot to do with it,” Robineau
said, citing the committee had to look into the fact the rule
was broken and not just the intent.
“I think so,” she said, when asked if she felt
Guttman’s approval of the website, with the illegal request
for the student numbers, had any bearing on the committee’s
decisions. “I would’ve liked to think it had more
bearing — but now it’s time to move on.”
“I think the elections committee went through all of
the evidence,” said presidential candidate Patrick Harris,
indicating that although he knows Robineau’s offence
was disqualifiable, he stands by the committee’s decision. “They’re
the ones running the show,” he remarked.
“The bylaw says soliciting students is grounds for disqualification;
it also states clearly ‘I didn’t do it’ isn’t
an excuse,” said Steve Learmonth, another presidential
“They say the CRO reviewed the site and it’s his
fault,” said presidential contender Dave Molenhuis. “I
don’t want to see her booted out, so I’m happy
with the decision.”
“That’s rough. I had a similar problem and put
up my website without telling anyone and I got five [demerit
points],” said presidential candidate Nick Staubitz.